By; RAYMOND TEDUNJAYE, Lagos
Operatives of the Anti -Smuggling Team of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) Ogun Area 1 Command under the leadership of Comptroller Agbara Michael have intercepted fake currency notes worth N2.5 million.
The fake legal tender was said to have been intercepted by the operatives at Ihunbo checking point along Sango- Idiroko road on Tuesday.
A suspect, identified as Samson Odebija was said to have been arrested in connection with the exhibit.
The public relations officer of the Command Abdullahi Maiwada, who confirmed the arrest said the suspect during interrogation said he was contracted by one Alfa to assist him in transporting the consignment to Owode from Idiroko for the sum of N5, 000.
In a related development, Maiwada said the operatives similarly intercepted 40 drums of industrial alcohol known as ethanol.
According him, the item was strictly stamped by NAFDAC for industrial use, while investigation however evealed that some unscrupulous elements engaged in distribution of the product to Idiroko populace who ignorantly dilute the item with water and take it as alcoholic drink. This is evidently harmful to the health of the people.
The release reads,” In continuation with the fight against smuggling by Officers and Men of Ogun I Command under the leadership of Comptroller Agbara Michael, the Command Anti-smuggling Team intercepted fake currency notes worth N2.5 million at Ihunbo checking point along Sango-Idiroko road. While being interrogated, the suspect one Samson Odebija disclosed that he was commissioned by one Alfa to help him transport the fake currency notes to Owode from Idiroko with a promise to reward him with N5,000, but met his waterloo.
Also, the Command Anti-smuggling Crack Team intercepted 40 drums of industrial alcohol known as ethanol. The item was strictly stamped by NAFDAC for industrial use. However, investigation revealed that some unscrupulous elements engaged in distribution of the product to Idiroko populace who ignorantly dilute the item with water and take it as alcoholic drink. This is evidently harmful to the health of the people. In the same vein, the Command Anti-Bunkering Team ‘A’ while on information patrol discovered a smuggling hideout at Iko-gate along Idiroko road, leading to seizure 160 jerry cans (25 litres each) of Premium Motor Spirit popularly known as petrol. The daredevil smugglers device a crook method by hiding the tanker and then used other vehicles as shield from public view. They further nefariously constructed a pipe with an outlet sited in a cassava farm. The fuel is then siphoned into a tank and then into jerry cans with an intention to export the said items in batches outside the country.
To this end, the CAC appealed to the general public to embrace legitimate means of livelihood and to avoid smuggling in all its ramifications. The eagle eye is all around Ogun state to halt new techniques adopted or will be brought up by smugglers to perpetuate their illicit acts”.